Despite playing his fourth game in five nights, Bryant turned back the clock with a sweet and-one basket on a play that began with him receiving the ball from Jeremy Lin at the three-point line. Bryant used a quick crossover move to get past Shaun Livingston into the paint, covering up the ball as he drove through traffic from the right wing. As he came across the key, Bryant absorbed contact from Festus Ezeli but still managed to flip up a high-arcing, no-look scoop shot over his shoulder. The lay-up attempt rattled in as the referees hit Ezeli with a foul. The bucket cut Golden State's lead to 59-53 with 8.3 seconds left in the second quarter.
Golden State took a 61-55 lead into halftime. Bryant had eight points (on 3-for-10 shooting) and one assist at the break.